Development Grants

    The FAWCO Foundation Development Grants financially assist projects which are passionately supported by FAWCO Member Clubs and FAUSA. The purpose of the program is to fund projects that can make an immediate impact and lead to success for the people they support. The assistance offered should be direct, with a goal of sustainability.

    Through The Foundation, FAWCO Member Clubs and FAUSA have been aiding worthy and reputable charitable projects around the globe for over 45 years. Some clubs are working “hands-on” with their projects while others make financial contributions or donations of goods. FAWCO Member Clubs and FAUSA are passionate about supporting projects that improve the human condition throughout the world. The DGs provide the financial assistance that can help the recipients achieve their goals.

    The Development Grant categories are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the areas of Education, Environment, Health and Human Rights.

    The Foundation encourages FAWCO clubs to nominate grassroots organizations that receive little to no sponsorship or support.

    Each FAWCO club may nominate two different projects each year.

    Please note an important change to the following DG application requirement. This change will be in effect for the 2023 application cycle:

    In light of the situation with COVID and how it may have affected clubs’ ability to support their chosen charities, at this time clubs must have only supported their nominated charity for six months (instead of the usual one year) before applying for a DG on their behalf. This allows clubs to nominate charities that were perhaps forced to suspend operations for a time due to COVID or charities that may have been borne out of COVID. Support is defined as donation of goods, services or money made by more than two individuals of a FAWCO Member Club or FAUSA.


    The 2023 Development Grants

    There are nine Development Grants being offered for 2023 including three in Education, two each in Human Rights and Global Issues, and one each in Environment and Health. The diversity is a result of a generous and healthy level of interest in our programs.


    Education         $4000 each

     AW Surrey Hope Through Education


    Educating Women & Girls Worldwide

    sponsored in part by Renuka Matthews and the AWC The Hague

    For programs specifically aimed at women and/or girls.


    The Coughlan Family Education Grant

    in recognition of the generosity of the Coughlan family


    For projects:

    • promoting literacy and supporting academic studies

    • building or providing classrooms, libraries or general  learning facilities for disadvantaged children

    • providing training designed to lead to economic and other types of empowerment for women and girls


    Human Rights           $4000 each

    FAUSA Effecting Change for Women and Children

    At Risk


     Breaking the Cycle

    For projects:

    • providing vocational training, teaching practical skills, promoting social entrepreneurial initiatives for at-risk/marginalized population groups
    • addressing the critical problems of violence, food and shelter, healthcare, education, poverty, advocacy, human trafficking, prostitution, refugees, including all those impacted by economic, political or other forced migration
    • promoting cultural understanding.  







    Global Issues         $4000 each

    Close to Home I

    sponsored in part by donations to the "From the Heart" program

                                                   Close to Home II


    These grants can fall within any of the FAWCO Focus areas with which we align our Development Grants i.e., Education, Environment, Health or Human Rights. In order to recognize clubs' local charities often overlooked on the world’s stage, The Foundation is offering these Development Grants which are available for projects that take place in the nominating club’s home country.



    Environment                $4000

    AWG Paris Centennial Environmental

    Development Grant


    Climate Change is real. Our planet is hurting but there’s a lot that we can do to help mitigate the situation. We need to move forward on the path to recovery - we can begin here. For projects aimed at restoring the health of our planet.



    Health                         $4000

    Critical Health Concerns

    For projects providing medical treatment, diagnostic services, preventive care or medical counseling. This can include but is not limited to cancer, HIV/AIDS, communicable, non-communicable and environmental diseases, substance abuse, life-improving surgeries, mental issues, the critically ill, the disabled, the aged, medical transport, special needs and maternal health for mothers and children.

    How To Apply

    Is your club considering submitting an application for the 2024 Development Grants? Please consult the Month-by-Month Application Timeline below for useful advice on timely submission of your application. Use the Watermarked Development Grant Application to gather your information now and transfer that information to the 2024 application when it is available in the fall.